Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Only Donald Trump is Allowed to Break Democratic Norms

This is apparently the rule as we are now hearing that criticism of Trump breaches democratic norms. The Beltway is gleefully pouncing: Trump is right.

These same pundits don't take a minute to consider that if Trump were to win democratic norms themselves would be put in a Trumpster Fire.

But in their rush to False Equivalence this is being ignored.

As to why Ginsburg is doing this, some argue to make sure that Trump is not normalized.

That Trump is the real threat is shown by his reaction to her words:

"Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot - resign!"

But the Beltway argument seems to be that she gives him license to say such things. As if he respected judicial independence until she said this.

He's already made it clear that if we were stupid enough to put him in the Oval Office, an independent judiciary would go out the window the first day.

He'd be insulting any judge who ruled in a way he didn't like-or against his own company in ways he didn't like. And with the power of the Presidency behind him maybe a little more than just insulting: maybe he really could strike out at them with such awesome executive power at his finger tips.

Yet, the media wants to censure Ginsburg while it obscures the grave threat of Trump.

Bernie gets it right:

"Count Bernie Sanders in Ruth Bader Ginsburg's corner in the Supreme Court justice's escalating war of words with Donald Trump."

"While remarking Wednesday on ABC's "Good Morning America" that he would let Ginsburg herself speak to whether her recent criticism was inappropriate, Sanders added, "Let me very clear: I agree with what Justice Ginsburg said."

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Even Glenn Greenwald gets it right:

"Hard to take seriously court impartiality/Ginsburg furor after 5 GOP-appointed judges stopped vote-counting & made George W. Bush president."

I sure don't remember anyone demanding Sandra Day O'Connor stepping down.

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